1. Jamie Foxx
The Oscar-winner recently rescued a man from a burning truck near his home in Ventura County, California. “I don’t look at it as heroic,” he commented. Modest to a fault, he later posted an Instagram picture of himself hugging the father of the man he saved, writing, “God had his arms wrapped around all of us…No heroes…Just happy fathers.”
2. Harrison Ford
The Han Solo and Indiana Jones actor is actually a brilliant pilot, and has used his helicopter to help those in need on a number of occasions. One instance in July 2000 had him rescuing a lost 13-year-old scout in Yellowstone, while the previous year he plucked two dehydrated hikers from Table Mountain in Wyoming, wearing a t-shirt and a cowboy hat.
3. Ryan Gosling
Hey girl, did you know that I once broke up a street fight in New York City and the whole incident got caught on camera? What about that time I stopped a woman from stepping out in front of a New York Taxi and Twitter lost its fucking nut? Look it up.
4. Tom Cruise
In 1996 Cruise called paramedics after seeing a hit and run, staying with the uninsured victim and paying their $7000 medical bill. The same year he saw a boy being crowd-crushed at the Mission: Impossible premiere and alerted police, who helped pull him to safety. He gave him an autograph too.
The rapper looked after Creed frontman Scott Stapp in 2006, after his failed suicide attempt jumping off the balcony of a Miami hotel. Then, in 2010, T.I. was on his way to shoot a video in Atlanta but heard about a man threatening suicide. He drove to find him and talked him down via a video recorded for the police.
6. Kate Winslet
In August 2011 a fire ravaged the mansion on Richard Branson’s private Carribean island, where Winslet was staying with her children and then-boyfriend, Louis Dowler. She was reported to have saved Branson’s 90-year-old mother Eve from the blaze, but in 2014 Eve said, “She just sort of picked me up and took me down four steps and that was it.” Heroic enough, surely?
7. Paul McCartney
The Beatle saved actual Mark Ronson’s life when the latter was a child, even though he had to be told by McCartney himself before he believed it. Macca revealed that he and his first wife Linda used to hang out with Ronson’s parents on the beach on Long Island, NY. When Ronson got carried off into choppy waters, McCartney pulled him to safety.
8. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnie saved a swimmer in Hawaii in 2004, after he had been named Governor of California. Then 56, he was on holiday in Maui when he saw a man suffering from cramps. He told the man to hang on and helped him travel the 100m back to shore, later sitting with him on the beach to make sure he was well enough to leave.
9. Vin Diesel
In 2002 the Fast & Furious man was on the Hollywood Freeway on his motorbike. The car in front had a bad accident, rolling over and bursting into flames. Vin Diesel reportedly ran up to the car and pulled out the family’s children from where they were trapped in the back seats.
10. Simon Cowell
Not exactly a musician, but he did save a singer’s life. When Jacqui Gray auditioned for X Factor, Cowell told her that her voice was “weird-sounding”. She decided to go and see a throat specialist who diagnosed her as being in the early stages of a potentially lethal lung infection.
11. Taylor Swift
Three T-Swizzle fans were trapped in a crashed car following her Louisiana concert in May 2015, one of them unconscious at the wheel. Their phones were dead, so they used their gig wristbands – designed to flash in time with Swift’s music – as flares to signal to drivers passing them by. On their rescue, Swift tweeted “This is unreal. I’m so happy they’re ok”.
12. John Malkovich
In 2013 John Malkovich was passing by a Toronto hotel when he heard the cries for help of an old woman, whose 77-year-old husband was bleeding from the neck after falling over. Malkovich applied pressure to the wound, got another passerby to help, and kept the man conscious until paramedics arrived. “Any citizen would do the same,” he said. “It’s nothing special.”
13. Jennifer Lawrence
The Hunger Games star was outside her Santa Monica home when she saw a passerby faint on the grass nearby. She went over to help, trying to wake her up, before calling paramedics. Six policemen turned up, alongside the one paramedic.
14. The Game
Though in 2015 The Game was mostly talked about for his inappropriately bulge-y Instagram posts, in 2012 he had better rep. Seeing a badly injured man involved in a bicycle crash in LA, he pulled over, called 911, and waited with the man until paramedics came onto the scene.
15. Brad Pitt
Slightly floppy zombie flick World War Z had a famously injury-filled filming process, but Pitt managed to actually stop someone from being crushed to death in 2011. Shooting a scene in Glasgow, in which Pitt had to escape a highly peopled mêlée, the actor noticed one woman fall over, in danger of being trampled. He stopped filming to pull her out of danger.
16. Joan Jett
The Runaway was aged 24 when she prevented a 3-year-old boy from drowning, after his mother said she couldn’t find him. “I looked around and I saw where he was. So I ran in the water with my clothes on – you don’t think about that kind of stuff – and got him from about a half-foot under water. It happened so quickly I didn’t even think about it.”
17. Steve Buscemi
Steve was a firefighter before he became an actor, and returned to his role in September 2001 with Engine 55, following the 9/11 attacks. The crew worked multiple 12-hour shifts, sifting through the wreckage looking for survivors.
18. Patrick Dempsey
When a teenager crashed his car near Dempsey’s Malibu house, the Grey’s Anatomy actor pulled him from the wreck and called paramedics. The teen’s father, The Shield showrunner Shawn Ryan, tweeted, “True Story: Grey’s Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey pulled my friend’s son out of overturned car after bad accident on Tuesday. #GoodDude”
19. Amy Winehouse
Winehouse went full Baywatch in 2009 when she saw 39-year-old Brit, Louise Williams, get slammed into some rocks by a six-foot wave. “Amy was on the beach 20 metres away and she ran across immediately… She picked me up and took me across to the showers and was constantly asking, ‘Are you all right?’ I was bowled over by her kindness,” said Louise.
20. Clint Eastwood
Need the Heimlich Maneuver? Get Dirty Harry on the case. An 83-year-old Eastwood saved Steve John, director of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament, in 2014, when he choked on a piece of cheese. John said, “He recognized it immediately and saved my life.”
21. John Barrowman
The Torchwood star came running after hearing the screams of a woman in a Glasgow hotel in November 2011. He helped hotel staff chase her assailant after he punched one of the hotel’s staff, catching him and bringing him to the ground. Then, when he found out he was a teenager with drug problems, he got him a job on his play.
Robyn Fenty uses her fame as a platform for good causes. In 2009 she helped a five-year-old girl, Jasmina Anema, find a life-saving bone marrow donor and has helped raise the profile of donor site DKMS. “When I saw the video of Jasmina it broke my heart,” she said. “It is so unfair that for a black patient it’s so much harder to find a bone marrow match.”
What’s the most metal? Rescuing a kitten must be up there. The band’s guitarist Kerry King was having dinner with his road crew when a homeless man offered to sell them the critter for a dollar. It was “freezing”, said the band’s publicist, so assistant tour manager Jess took it in and found it a new home.